Quandary Peak Trail

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Quandary Peak Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.2 miles 3347 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

ice climbing

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Quandary's east ridge route gets very crowded on summer weekends.

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1 month ago

It took us almost 4h to get to the top and 2 to get back to the car. Lots of layers,sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles are recomended and do not forget hats and gloves, it was preatty windy and chilly at times. Plenty of water and a light snack will do you good because you will stop quite a few times .... unles you are some kind of monster .... This was our first 14er and we enjoyed every step although it kicked our buts, but like they say .... "no pain no gain" Enjoy your hike everyone :)

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail till you get above the tree line, then very rocky. The Mountain Goats made it all worth it.

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1 month ago

I agree with most of the reviews in that this hike is relatively easy for a 14er, but still very challenging. The trail is very rocky so good hiking boots are a must. Excellent views!

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1 month ago

Easy for a 14er peak, but everyone knows there is no easy 14er!!! Loved the slow start through the woods, once you get into the meadows the trail really starts to climb up to the summit. Crowded the entire way, with humans and mountain goats, both will charge, you have been warned. My total time hiking was less than 4 hours and only took 2 hours to summit. Remember, you are hiking in the Rocky Mountain's, so the trails typically are rocky ((KRISTIN))

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1 month ago

This trail is very very rocky! It's pretty much a scramble all the way up. I guess I'd say about 1mile in thats wooded and then it becomes rocks. Makes the trail much more difficult. I hiked on Saturday morning and the weather was great. A little snow up top which became slush on our way down. Made it harder to get down bc of the rocks and slush you were just skidding. It took us about 2.5 hrs to summit and almost the same to get down. The view was amazing and very glad I did it. But because of the rocks I would not do it again. My dog did very well though and it was not very busy. Best part was going into Breckenridge after and eating at Flip Side! Great beers and truffle fries are a must! If you are ok with a scramble check it out, if not steer clear!

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1 month ago

Holy smokes this one kicked my ass. Straight up almost! Maybe I'm a wuss, I don't know. So worth it though. Breathtaking views the whole way up!

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2 months ago

Did this hike 10-2-16. Started at 8:10am & summited at 12:30pm. I'd rank it more intermediate even though a lot of websites say it's one of the easier 14ers in Co. I had to take multiple stops the last mile up. I've done a lot of hiking the last few months & I'm in good shape. This was harder than I thought. Fantastic views at the top. Took 2 hours to descend.

hiking
2 months ago

The last bit is super steep and difficult...but the views from the top and along the way were worth it!

2 months ago

Did it as a teenager in the 90's - amazing

2 months ago

According to my Fitbit this hike was approx 12 miles. As someone not used to the altitude I hiked this trail my second day in Colorado. This was a very difficult and rewarding hike. Worth it in the end but be prepared for a long day.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! We started at 2:30 AM and were at the summit for the sunrise. Gorgeous views.

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2 months ago

Went over memorial day weekend. Weather was spotty cycling between snow and sunshine, although temp was perfect (low 50's). Great trail, not too many people and very clean and easy to follow. Did not Summit though, as snow was too deep above tree line to continue on with tennis shoes and shorts. Will definitely come back again better prepared! Amazing views of the surrounding mountains along the trail!

hiking
2 months ago

It's all been said before. Beautiful hike! Easy to follow trail. Great views. Rocky above the tree line. Saw a bunch of mountain goats. 5 hours round trip, but I spent a half an hour at the summit. I kept a pretty quick pace 2-3 hours up, going down was an even faster pace as the sun was setting. Few people late in the day, but wouldn't go late in the day during mid-summer or if there is any forecast for rain because of lightning risk. Recommended hike!

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2 months ago

This is one of my favorite 14ers. The trail is well marked and maintained. Big thanks to the folks who do a great job. We saw mountain goats on the way up. The trail gets steeper the last thousand feet so save your energy and enjoy.

2 months ago

Counted 175 people easily. So crowded. That's the only reason it's three stars. It's hard to go your own pace up and down when there are lines of people 20 long in front of you. :/ wouldn't hike again unless it was in the middle of the night when there are *less* people. (At 11:30 pm there were 8 empty cars in the parking lot night hiking)

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2 months ago

Loved this hike. Big mental challenge overcoming the false peaks and getting to the top. Definitely worth the 3am wake up call.